...about setting up a website
How do I set up a website?
To set up a decent commercial website (as opposed to a
personal home page) you will need:
- a domain name, such as www.mysite.co.uk;
- webspace - a home for your website's files, provided by a
hosting company; and
- the website itself - a collection of pages and images, linked
together to make a complete site.
How do I register a domain name?
There are plenty of companies that let you register a domain name online.
First, you'll have to check that the name you want is available - again,
you can do this online. Registration is cheap: typically around £10
a year. It is usual to register your domain with the same hosting company
that provides your webspace.
How can I get webspace?
Webspace is space on a computer owned by a hosting company. It is set
up so that anyone who types your domain name into their browser will
be connected to your webspace. You'll be able to rent enough space for
a good-sized site for around £200 per annum.
Which hosting company is best?
I don't act as an agent for any hosting company, because I prefer to
be able to give independent advice. Obviously, situations can change,
but two companies that offer good value hosting are Webfusion and 1&1.
I'm still not sure what to do...
Don't worry - I can do the whole thing on your behalf, as part of the
whole web design process.